We're hosting a New Years Eve fundraiser party at our centre, with help from friends Kindafunkyradio.com and Sound-hub.com
It's been two years since we last hosted an NYE party so we're very excited!
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
If you were watching at the time, Check out the Live interview online:
BBC iPlayer film of the News
Otherwise visit: BBC East Midlands Today
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Please visit the Pauline Latham Article
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Scan this QR code with your smart phone. We are going to put this code on the new batch of stickers and a lot of the new wave of promotional material.
We have also had the idea of putting these codes inside the centre linking to relevant information about what we do online. For example there will be a code for our band room that will give information about the band room when scanned off the wall.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
The last 'Safe Rave' of 2011 is coming round. It may be the last of this year but it's a first for Live music. We have booked Just James the winners of the Sound Hub Battle of the Bands 2011 for the headlines. They do originals and covers of Dnb, Hiphop, Electro and dubstep. They are well worth seeing. Also on the Line up we wil see the legendary Shookz and resident DJ's Patchwerk and Skairpigg <<<
Thursday, 3 November 2011
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Monday, 31 October 2011
The staff had to wear compulsory fancy dress costumes.
One of a favorite Scary costumes. There wasn't many Youth that dressed up, but the ones that did had make the effort with some brilliant costumes.
This is some of the scary decorations put up to make the Drop inn look haunted. It looks amazing! Thank You to Andrea, Shush, Ant and some of the Drop In Youth so setting it all up.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Node56 is a Limited company ran buy volunteers of the Drop Inn. It is a Events organising and marketing company, who also run media workshops in communities. Node56 also trades for the Drop Inn and will raise regular small amounts of money to donate to the Youth Charity. It's planning to start trading the beginning of 2012. Looks like next year will start of with another new member to the Drop Inn family. We will keep everyone updated with the progress of Node56.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Saturday, 1 October 2011
We do a Christmas party every year, so this year we have decided to celebrate Halloween in a bigger way as well.
There is loads of work going into the decorations and planning of this event. The Drop Inn is going to look really spooky and haunted.
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Really looking forward to getting this one moving, we've created some amazing art pieces in the past, so we want to push more of the arts side this year.
Monday, 19 September 2011
We are starting to promote our projects seasonal and in groups of 4. This is the first line-up of /// Creative Projects leading up to the new year.
- Dance + Poi
- Reactive Graffiti
- Games Design
Each creative projects season we will try and run 2 or 3 standard projects we always run, and then at least 1 or 2 new ones.
The new project in this line-up is the Games design, which we are really excited to announce and can't wait to start!
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Look out for the new stickers there is plenty to go around (especially around the world)
Monday, 29 August 2011
The Drop Inn Team x
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
We are now going to be running blog sessions every Thursday, so as well as the staff blogging the news the youth will also get the chance to voice their opinions and evaluate projects, workshops and events. This way everyone following our blog will get a wider news coverage, written in different styles. It will also create opportunities for the youth to get into creative writing and start covering their own events as youth reporters. We're starting it next Thursday if anyone is interested.
For everyone else please keep looking at our blog and clicking on previous dates as the news will be filling all the gaps for each Month we've been open.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
The Y Not festival involvement was different again. We only supplied a P.A system, a few games, and DJ's. So we could focus on the music more than the artwork.
This was the open mic sessions on the Saturday in the Cider and Hog roast tent.
All weekend the tent we helped out with got a brilliant response.
We managed to get Jasper one of our volunteers onto the open mic. He only got to play a few songs but blew everyone away. It was awesome, and made us feel very proud. Thanks Jasper!
This is the tent at night just before the DJ's stepped up to play some house and techno.
The whole weekend had a brilliant response and raised £400 for the Drop Inn.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Saturday, 23 July 2011
We started where the Coppice Brook meets the River Derwent, near Belper Rugby Club.
We fetched 4 bin bags full of rubbish from the first section of the brook.
The second section of the Coppice brook we cleared was through Belper Parks Nature reserve. It was here we found an old inflatable boat, sledges, newspaper bag, and loads of broken glass. This section took a lot longer to clean up.
We filled the back of a land rover with all the rubbish. The next stage is to sort through all the bags and send it off to be recycled.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
We have decided to move this project to next year, or the end of this year. Instead we are running Jamming sessions every Thursday and other open night by request. The jamming was the most enjoyable part of this project, and it also gives people the chance to musically gel with others, then potentially think about building a band.
We will keep people posted on the progress of Jam sessions and let everyone know when we are ready to run the Build-a-band project again.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
There was some disagreement on what to try and cover, but everyone worked it out and covered a couple of tracks. Everything is sounding pretty good so far.
Friday, 17 June 2011
Setting up our tent on arrival. There is still loads of work to do from this point.
The JamCorner with some of the Nano Peeps from Bearded Theory Festival
Looking across the tent from the JamCorner you can see the 3D Bird Jigsaw and right the other side you can see a P.A system set up with more art created by Adie. The other art piece was some levitating boxes to represent out the box influences. When finished it looked a small but very intriguing tent.
Recording of some of the Jam sessions in the Jam source tent.
Jam session at Out the box festival by thedropinn
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
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Hope to see you on their with reviews about us.
Monday, 6 June 2011
We are really excited about this festival especially after the buzz of our first in May.
At this one we are only supplying some experimental workshops, so we can focus more on the art side for this festival.
Hope to see you all on the 17th June
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
The organisation is taking some great new directions which is changing the face of it again, while keeping the focus back on the Youth in our community. Hopefully this Marketing Campaign will be fun to create, with the idea's coming from our current young people, which will be giving most of the information and content to put into it. This will hopefully attract even more young people in the future, and also get the positive work the Young people have done noticed to a wider audience.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
It was going to be our own dance studio, so instead we will look at improving the facilities in the main room for dance projects.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The Build-a-band project is starting a week after people get back from the half term break.
It will run on every Tuesday night from the 14th June. This project has been in the pipe line for a while, but it seems now we are involved in quite a few events it would be even better to have some bands who started from our centre.
Plus the people involved in this project will get some amazing opportunities to play some exciting live events.
Come down and meet some new musicians and have fun Jamming the first few weeks. Hopefully see you on the 14th June.
Friday, 20 May 2011
The crazy poster for the crazy Jamsource tent @ Out The Box Festival.
We'll be Jamming with open Source Art creating some unique sounds and visuals to compliment the already exciting local festival.
The Drop Inn supplied the resident youth DJ Skairpigg and DJ Shookz who has ran DJ workshops for over 6 months at The Drop Inn centre. The music was enjoyed by a group of young street dancers from the Donut Centre. Unfortunately the music was a bit too heavy and a bit much for the younger members attending the centre. The Drop Inn aims the Friday night youth provisions to the young people on the street and attracts more 14 - 17 year olds, where as the Graffiti Academy Live was geared up more for 11 - 14 year olds with live workshops to engage in. If The Drop Inn was to get involved next time we would know to pitch the music for a younger age. It was still fun all around. Our resident youth DJ really enjoyed it. It was also very nice to finally make contact with The Donut Studio and meet the staff you guys are doing a brilliant job, keep up the good work. It was also a great pleasure to finally meet Urban Projections which we would love to do some projects in the near future with. Please check their video for the night out below.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
The second band to perform was Belper Based band "Whitemoor" who have been very supportive of The Drop Inn over the years, and always put on a brilliant show and get great media coverage. They were interviewed by Radio Derby straight after the performance. Well done Whitemoor it was a great performance, we're very happy to have a widely recognised local band perform on our stage.
"SuperKaine" were the 3rd band to perform who are also from Worcester. This 3 piece band make such a heavy sound which absolutely rocked out tent and pushed the sound systems limits. Proper Rock and Rock! We had seen SuperKaine perform as only a two piece band at our 10th Birthday weekend, after we heard they now have a new bass player as an extra person we booked them straight away.
The next act was "Panic Dance" a due from London who were booked by Bearded Theory to perform in our tent. They were very different but also very good. Using a laptop with backing music they produced, it gave a electro feel to the live music you were hearing, great performance which set up perfectly to our main headline. Check Panic Dance out on - Panic Dance SoundCloud.
HEADLINE: "THePETEBOX" one of the Uk's best Beat boxers! The Petebox absolutely boomed out tent we had 800+ people crammed into out arena all mesmerized by this beat box legend from Nottingham. We had all generations of people watching this completely different kind of performance. Definitely the busiest response of the weekend, and a great choice for headliner! check THePETEBOX out: Where is My Mind Performed by THePETEBOX.
After the unbelievable performance from our headliner, we followed it up with our resident Youth DJ's Patchwerk and Skairpigg, who had attended our DJ workshops ran by Shookz. After the workshops they kept practicing their DJ skills and became resident DJ's at our National Award Winning 'Safe Raves' under 18's night. Now they are playing in front of 100's of people at massive local festival. As Shookz said in the interview, "I'm proud of them!" We all are, what an amazing Youth opportunity! Well done to both of you for standing up there and performing outstanding DJ sets.
The 3rd DJ to step up is known as the dub demon "Operand" who we met through running events at our own centre and aslo one of the resident DJ's for Kindafunkyradio.com. Operand tore the place appart with some fearsome dubstep nasties.
Taking over from the dubstep was "Maestro" who boomed out the Drum and Bass which attracted a lot of ravers to our tent who stomped and kicked the grass away. The atmosphere was unreal, the teant was busier again, alive with everybody inside dancing and skanking to the sounds of Drum and Bass.
Finally our last act to close the Saturday night was "Shookz" a Local signed DJ and producer who has made an appearance on Radio 1 and played some massive venues and festivals. Shookz was playing alongside "MC Spyda" one of the legendary MC's you may know from the Pendulum track Tarantula. This was our 2nd Headline for the weekend. It finished the second night on a massive high again with everyone leaving our tent bouncing. Check out a track from Shookz and MC Spyda: Balaclava.
You can't really compare the second day to the first because of the extreme diversity between the artists performing. The second day was much busier, but the whole festival was much busier on the Saturday. Was a phenomenal response over the two days, we are absolutely buzzing about what we've done so far, really looking forward to our programmed chilled out band Sunday tomorrow.
Friday, 13 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Please help us find a couple more sponsors,
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Saturday, 7 May 2011
This was the second one and saw some more people turning out to have a bounce.
Each time the Drop Inn gets £40 for the hire of their P.A system and Decks, (Frankensteins Arms and head)
Friday, 6 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
We build our own customised DJ booth for The Bearded Theory Festival. This was after panicking realising we didn't have a table big enough for all the DJ equipment.
It does look quite smart even if we do say so our selves.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
This was one of the illustration pieces the young people at Willington Arts festival created. The Young people who took part had to think how to get different shades and create illusions of different colours using patterns and different shading techniques with the selection of limited coloured marker pens.
Friday, 29 April 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Here is one of the new designs for the Drop Innvaders Game competition to design new items for the online game
Wip Boss Alien
This is another design. Very interesting idea to introduce aliens to the game. Think the idea with this new enemy would be that they emerge from a planet and you have to blow the planet up to stop the aliens coming out and attacking you.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
So far it has had 360 plays in it's first month, we are so happy. If you haven't played it yet follow the link below:
DROP INNVADERS GAME
Saturday, 23 April 2011
This project will involve some of our Young people and we are hoping to make it an intergenerational project and involve some of the older members of the community through Linking Lives.
The idea being the Young people will clean it up and document the Clean up and the Older Members of the Community can help out by pointing out rubbish and maybe supply refreshments at certain check points, they can also tell stories and the history of the Coppice Brook, to illustrate the importance of keeping it clean.
This project is planned for some time in July, We will keep you all posted on the planning and updates.
Friday, 22 April 2011
Adie and Billy have added more to the Graffiti Illustration wall. It's really starting to fill out now and look amazing!
Looking great on the close up, there is so much detail going into it
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
They are looking very good and a lot of fun. Some of the dances are being put into a performance being put together by Adie and Sarah the student on Placement from Derby Uni.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Shookz and Jasper collaborated on a Drum and Bass track a few months ago and have given it to The Drop Inn. Then Shookz came up with the idea of running a remix competition and host it on our Soundcloud.
Soon we will be uploading the different elements to this track for people to download and remix, The best remix will get featured on the home page for thedropinn.org. There might even be more free music give aways for the winner.
We'll let you know when the track is up there ready to start remixing, it will be after the Bearded Theory Festival, so some time the end of May early June.
Friday, 15 April 2011
The 3rd 'Safe Rave' of 2011 is the Formula filth one, with resident DJ's and volunteer Ben Gregory Performing.
We tried some new toys out like MP3 encoded decks fed into the iMac.
It was an unusual 'Safe Rave' wasn't as busy as the others but it was still a good one.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
It would be a lot of fun and also useful for communication between the local band scene. The student from Belper School who did the 3rd week of work experience enquired about the dormant project and was more than happy to take it on.
We'll post up when this project is planned to start, it should be not too long after The Bearded Theory Festival
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Thank You everyone that has sponsored this crazy fundraiser, when it's all collected it should be a fair bit.
Monday, 11 April 2011
The Student we have this week is studying music technology, so we can again cater for the different need of the student so they get the most out of their work experience week.
We have already asked them back to help with the build-a-band project and the Bearded Theory Festival, which gave them unbelievable motivation. They work very hard all week and really organised our JamJar music space.
All three work experience weeks have been completely different, all a great success with the students getting a great work experience out of it.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Saturday, 9 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
Thursday, 7 April 2011
 Industrial Trash Drumming – build a one–of-a–kind percussion kit to jam with, devise a jumping industrial sound.
 Light Sculptures – bounce light off people and places to generate light sculptures, experiment with light trails then project your light traces as live visuals.
 Reactive Graffiti Illustrations – Design graffiti marker art foundation then add a U.V mask to make a unique 2 layer graffiti wall.
 3D Jigsaw relays – We have a picture of what this 3D Jigsaw looks like complete, we want teams to build it as fast as they can. The fastest time wins a prize!
Monday, 4 April 2011
The Drop Inn team are running some workshops at Willington Arts festival on the 30th of April and the 1st of May.
We'll be running a drumming workshop on the first day and then illustration workshops on the second day.
Please check out the festival on: Willington Arts Festival
Sunday, 3 April 2011
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Dave Angle the headline DJ for the Kindafunky Warehouse Party.
Photo By Angel Simpson.
The smoke machine and some of the crowd at the warehouse party.
Kindafunkyradio warehouse party.
Picture by Angel Simpson
Friday, 1 April 2011
There was a series of films screened and some interesting live performances by Adie and Jasper.
The work experience students from Belper School enticed people in, and did a very good job helping out through out the event.
We saw a lot of new faces, looking forward to the next one.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
This is a story of the Drop Inn's Bearded Theory Adventure!
This weekend will be full of SUPERKAINE’d individuals, and UNKNOWN CREATURES of the night who are INTERAVINIT. We’ll be travelling in RICHARD AND THE RAFTERS vessel known as the PARADISE 9. We’ll be sheltered under the URBAN CANVAS sails which are meant to be WHITEMOOR than black, they are shaped in a huge rectANGLE, and have been covered in u.v NANO dust and graffiti. Travelling Over RIPTIDE’s and through SMOKE STACK’s to support ROBINSON, a man who knows THE BEARDED THEORY, and is on YOUR PLATFORM’s. On the way RICKY MEAKIN shouts “Hey MAESTRO, where’s the happy music, I’m in the mood for a crazy PANIC DANCE, you know how it goes.” OPERAND searched for some good GRADE of music on the WIRELESS to warm the hearts of the travellers, and get people in the mood for this big weekend. He gets SQUIGZ to stop scratching his itch and lay down a SHOOKZ track, featuring MC SPYDA, who’s got has THIS WICKED TONGUE for lyrics. Suddenly these STUNT BROTHERS burst through the PATCHWERKS of THePETEBOX, which was sat full of beer on Richards vessel next to HAYLEY & ANDRA. The two brothers Accidentally SKAIRPIGG’s not JASPER AND THE COMPANY OF OTHERS. Who had been teasing this DIRTY BEAR who was happy BASKing in the sun with the PANTS PRIEST all the way to the DROP INN ARENA, which is one of 7 amazing areas at this Derbyshire Festival. NATHAN HADLEY tries to put on a serious face and tells them to Stop acting a MONKEYS UNCLE. He recites from THE CODE written years ago by one of the original traveller’s know as JIMBO DOOMFACE the pirate. The Travellers code speaks of KEDLESTON HALL island. The original tail of the island was discovered by Dr FRANKENSTEIN and inherited by CHLOE-JADES grandfather, who kindly translated the pirates code so people can find this PARTY.
If this story of adventure doesn’t makes sense, please visit the Drop Inn Arena 13th – 15th May 2011 at the Bearded theory Festival, Kedleston Hall. The only gaps in this story are you guys!
Monday, 28 March 2011
The Monday night Drop-in DJ sessions are still going well with new faces calling in to have a go and mixing.
There will be a broadcast in April live on Kindafunkyradio.com for the young DJ's to perform their new sets. Looking forward to hearing them.
They have re-painted the Games room and the Lads Toilet. The Drop Inn has never looked so clean, hope they all come back to keep it this clean.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
7 People have decide to throw themselves out of a perfectly good plane to raise money for the Drop Inn charity.
Adie Stone: Inclusion Officer
Tom Stone: PP Manager
Ben Gregory: Trustee
Ant Baker: Volunteer
Ant Winson: Volunteer
Billy Alton-Wood: Young Member of the Drop Inn and deaf community
Dave Mellor: The Band Riptide
We've not counted how much we have all raised collectively.
The First Skydive Team look ready ...
The first team landing and with huge smiles on their faces
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
We have only asked the surveyors to price up the basics of the building first, so it becomes a usable space. It need repairs to the Roof, walls and the floor, before you find this amusing though, it is still possible!
We are now putting all our focus on raising what money we can towards the new building, it looks like the work is going to cost around £2000. No we have our target we will do what we can to raise these funds and hopefully take over the new building.
Friday, 18 March 2011
This was all about the Drum and Bass mad March Hare. It saw the return of the favored DJ SHOOKZ, back by popular demand, and supported by the Resident Youth DJ's Skairpigg and PatchWerk!
We tried a new room lay out again, which made it sound even better and made a nice dance area, what the DJ's looked over.
This 'Safe Rave' was also dedicated to celebrate the life of Tom Chandler, one of our members who is sadly pass on. We stopped the music to have a minutes silence, and had a book to write messages to send to his family and close friends.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
The Belper News Report:
Adrian lands top honour - Local - Belper News
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
It looks like a lt of fun, we cant wait to see how people respond at the Bearded Theory Festival
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
The Drop Inn has become the first Youth Centre in The midlands to have it's own online game.
Drop Innvaders was design by John Hole a young person who has been involved in the Drop Inn and supported it for years.
We hope everyone enjoys our new game. Follow the link below:
Drop Innvaders Game
Monday, 7 March 2011
Out The Box is held in Alfreton and is a small friendly festival, they have organised over 70 acts to perform over 3 days.
These acts include Jasper and Shookz two of the volunteers from the drop inn and the headline is Petebox also one of our friends.
The organisers would like the Drop Inn team to host a tent that will be running creative workshops. We are thinking of calling our tent 'Jam Source' which will promote Jamming with open source art. Once we have more final details of what workshops we will be bringing along we will keep you up to date. More exciting things to look forward to this year.
Friday, 4 March 2011
We already run a variety of different courses for Belper School. Now we are offering them more courses and would like to start and approach other schools. This package is being designed now and hopefully finalised and being send out just after Easter.
Most of the package will probably not start till after the summer break, in September. We'll keep you up to date with any progress.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
This is the first planning meeting but the sessions will start immediately. The goal is to design some simple dance routines to teach people at the Bearded Theory Festival. It's kind of like peer to peer mentoring.
The Young people involved are going to Choreograph a few different dance levels of difficulty, so there will be some easy and very short routines and then a couple of longer ones that take around an hour to teach in full.
Monday, 28 February 2011
This time round there is a broader range of ability. The two resident Youth DJ's who were on the last DJ workshop round are now learning more advanced skills and also teaching the other young people the basics of Djing.
As before they are working hard towards a live broadcast on Kindafunkyradio.com which will be sometime in April!
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Becky Haige is running the Derby 10K run to raise some money for The Drop Inn Charity.
This is the first time someone outside the Drop Inn volunteer list has decided to do a fund raiser for us. It's very kind of Her, Thank You for thinking of us. Hopefully more people in future will thing of us when doing a Charity Fund raiser event.
Friday, 25 February 2011
The poster for The Kindafunkyradio warehouse party at The Drop Inn on the second of April. It's got a wicked line up, with DJ's traveling down from Manchester to play at our venue.
Our new website will eventually include an online radio broadcaster, called the Jamjar Radio.
It will be part of an Intergenerational Media Project.
We'll let you know when we start broadcasting!
Thursday, 24 February 2011
We have unofficially launched the website.
Which means the new design and generation of site is live and people can go on it, but we haven't promoted it and gone for an official launch yet.
We want feedback as to what people think of it so far!
Try it out: thedropinn.org